A walk in Derbyshire this time, starting in the picturesque village of Alstonefield via the free car park with public toilets.
This walk fits in a lot of features of the beautiful countryside of the peak district.
So from the car park we will head south down to Milldale before joining the trail of Dove Dale, following the river down to the limestone caves of Dove Holes and then continuing along the river to the footbridge by Ilam Rock, as we cross the river and head up the path into Hill Dale where we come to our first incline of the day that takes 2km to reach the top and climbing 140 metres overall. Once reaching the top we will wander into the little village of Damgate and then onwards and over the top of Highfields and Bincliff lead mines both disused before following the wood line to Larkstone Lane. Once here we head south down the minor road to the Manifold river and onto the Manifold Way, now in the valley we pass 2 weirs as we follow the river and where we first set sight on Thors Cave on the hill side. Crossing the footbridge over the river we head up the hill and to the entrance of Thor's cave (so bring your torches). From Thors cave we head back and then into up and into the village of Wetton, from Wetton we head easterly and onto the 2km home straight back to Alstonefield where the pub of the day is 'The George' in the heart of the village for the usual refreshing end of walk drink.
• Dove Dale
• Dove Holes (caves)
• Ilam Rock
• Hill Dale
• Disused Lead Mines
• Manifold Valley
• Thors Cave
• The George pub
Finish: 4.00pm (eta)
Distance: 9.70 miles (15.61 Kilometres)
501.64 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point
[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point
As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:
• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - especially as its Winter now, where the ground can be wet and slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.
• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren't recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.
• Waterproofs are essential as it is now Winter
• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case
• Snacks, Sweets etc.
• Torch for visiting Dove Holes & Thors cave
• Adequate water or soft drinks
As it's Winter the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it can also still be sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.
Sense of humour is essential!!
Lunch will be by a tree line so we will have shelter but this is open countryside with NO shops/café's near by so:
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - please be self-sufficient by bringing food/drink for the day before hand.
Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.00am
(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)
When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate Winter daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.